You’ve been working on a writing project for a while and your first draft needs to be ready yesterday, but… you’re stuck! What can you do?
You have so much to say, yet nothing to write, and your ideas seem to crumble just as quickly as they form. As you quickly approach the deadline, you’re losing focus, and no matter how much you try, you just cannot pen down your thoughts. I hate to say it, friend, but you’re suffering from a writer’s block. It’s okay though, it happens to everyone! Here’s what you need to do to get back on track and complete your masterpiece:
1. Change your scenery.
Rather than obsessing over your situation, try getting some fresh air. Take the transit, go for a walk (leave your phone behind or on mute), try smiling at strangers, spend time in nature (why not smell some flowers?). If you’re at work and can’t step outside, go to the lunch room. Basically, leave your writing space and go somewhere else.
2. Get your heart pumping!
Sitting all day – writing, writing, writing – can’t be very good for your blood flow. Go for a jog, or jump on a trampoline for a few minutes, or, hey, how about some kickboxing? Do something, anything, to feel the rush of adrenaline. It’ll help.
3. Slay your demons.
Stop doubting yourself and start appreciating your talent. You. Are. Talented. Sure, you’re unable to write temporarily, but that’s okay. Every writer goes through this. You need to be your own motivator. Reading some affirmations or inspirational quotes will definitely help you regain that confidence.
4. Surround yourself with inspiration.
Music, painting, glass sculpture — any art will do. Expose yourself to creativity, even if it’s not your own. Remind yourself what that feels like. Like attracts like, right? Tempt your creative juices with beautiful pieces of art that you admire.
Start organizing your thoughts. Don’t have any thoughts? Write down your favorite kindergarten poem, if it somehow relates to your project. Have you considered mind-mapping or writing your ideas in bullet points? The point is to get your brain thinking about your topic again. Now, be careful not to judge yourself. This is a safe space, okay? Just write…
So these are my tips for getting over that pesky writers’ block. It’s time to go try them and get back to your project, fresh as a cucumber. Hope this helps, and let me know how it goes!!